Monthly Archives: August 2014

PHOTOS: No Whining over Split Wine


Paul Kalemkiarian bowls down wine on the loading dock of his Monrovia-based Wine of the Month Club business on Thursday.

In the late eighties Paul Kalemkiarian took over his father’s mail-order wine of the month club business, the first of its kind in the U.S. Since then, he has tasted 300 wines every month to hand-select the top twelve for his customers. Bringing the business into the digital age, Kalemkiarian incorporates podcasts and video into his wine business and comes up with creative methods of disposing of the reject wines— knocking them out with a bowling ball, dropping two off the roof at the same time and clocking the bottles for speed to see which wine falls faster, and more recently, taking part in the ice bucket challenge with red wine.

PHOTOS: Waves… Yes, Waves, in Long Beach!

During a typical visit to the shores of Long Beach beach goers are greeted with ankle high waves. The city’s breakwater usually keeps the waves at bay. Today was different. Surfers and body boarders flocked to the peninsula where the waves were big thanks to Hurricane Marie off the coast of Baja California.

City workers struggled to keep a sand berm built as it was pummeled during high tide. The water breached the sand mountain in several places, but didn’t damage any homes.

PHOTOS: The new Wallis Annenberg Hall Combined Newsroom at USC

The new Wallis Annenberg Hall at USC on Monday. This is the new combined newsroom for digital and broadcast journalism.

PHOTOS: Studying Santa Monica

The city of Santa Monica and RAND are studying what makes people happy and then plan to make an index with the data and use it to inform public policy, make changes to policy and also help local organizations.

PHOTOS: Mexican Food Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center

The 2014 México Food Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The food fair is a showcase of the cultural & gastronomical wealth of Mexico: food tastings, cooking lessons, demonstrations.

PHOTOS: Giant Rubber Duck in the Port of Los Angeles


A giant yellow vinyl duck is towed under the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning. The duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, will be towed to the Angels Gate Lighthouse at the tip of the breakwater and lead this afternoon’s parade is ships into the harbor. After the parade, the duck will be docked at the Downtown Harbor plaza just south of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum at Sixth Street and Harbor Boulevard.

PHOTOS: One LBUSD School Returns to Classes


Students at the California Academy of Math and Science returned to school on Tuesday in Carson. The school, a Long Beach Unified High School, starts earlier then others in the district so it can mirror neighboring Cal State Dominguez Hills.

PHOTOS: Steve Ballmer Get Excited During Clippers Fan Fest


Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, during a fan festival at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday.

PHOTOS: Long Beach Waterfront’s Disconnect with North Pine Avenue

 

The latest attempt to bridge the breach between the waterfront and downtown is a study by the Urban Land Institute, hired by the Downtown Long Beach Associates, analyzing the waterfront and ways to better connect the area with the growing and vibrant downtown and East Village areas of Long Beach. Read the story>>

PHOTO: Millennials are Perennial Lookie-loos

Angelo Ignacio, left, and his partner, Matthew Bates in their Long Beach apartment. The millennials are looking for a home but finding it tough to find one. A recent study has come out showing the top most and least affordable areas for this generation, and not surprisingly LA and OC are among the least affordable areas. This is driving these younger people to other areas, and to make other arrangements.

Angelo Ignacio, left, and his partner, Matthew Bates in their Long Beach apartment. The millennials are looking for a home but finding it tough to find one. A recent study has come out showing the top most and least affordable areas for this generation, and not surprisingly LA and OC are among the least affordable areas. This is driving these younger people to other areas, and to make other arrangements.

Angelo Ignacio, left, and his partner, Matthew Bates in their Long Beach apartment. The millennials are looking for a home but finding it tough to find one. A recent study has come out showing the top most and least affordable areas for this generation, and not surprisingly LA and OC are among the least affordable areas. This is driving these younger people to other areas, and to make other arrangements.

PHOTOS: A Morning at the Urgent Care

The number of urgent cares are increasing across the country. Here is a peek a MemorialCare’s Long Beach urgent care.

PHOTOS: Kelp Diver Kills Urchins to Save the Kelp


Diver Ali Krajewski in the kelp off Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. Krajewski is a dive volunteer with L.A. Waterkeeper – one of several area organizations working on kelp forest restoration. She does most of her work 50 yards from shore at Underwater Arch Cove on Palos Verdes Peninsula.